Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Latest ONI World Wide Threat to Shipping

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3. SOMALIA: An unidentified ship was boarded, hijacked
10 Apr at 1200 UTC while underway in position 00:50S, 047:36E,
off the eastern coast of Somalia. Armed pirates took all 17
crewmembers hostage and hijacked the ship, forcing it to anchor
close to the Somali coast. IMB piracy reporting center alerted
relevant authorities. Further news is awaited (IMB).
4. SOMALIA: M/V (TIM BUCK) was boarded 10 Apr at 1000
local time while underway in position 03:24N, 048.17E, approximately 55 NM off the coast of Somalia. Pirates, armed with grenade launchers and automatic weapons, set fire to a starboard rescue boat but failed to penetrate inside the ship. The crew acted in strict compliance with the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) in this emergency situation. The fire was localized. There were no injuries to the crew and no goods were taken. The vessel sustained a small amount of damage.
ONI NOTE: The long distance from shore at which recent attacks
have occurred off the Somali coastline demonstrates an increased tenacity by local pirates. All vessels transiting this area should take precautions.
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